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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. tyort1

    tyort1 Well-Known Member

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    They are THE most versatile shoe in my collection. Brush them up for a bit of shine and pair them with a suit. Leave them a bit more matte and they are amazing with dark jeans. I got mine as a webgem before they became part of the standard AE lineup. Which is why my pair has a dainite sole, necessary here in Colorado....
     
  2. coolarrow

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    Thought I’d post these before/after pix of my shell strands getting exposed to rain water. There was a surprise rain shower as I was getting home the other day. I walked/ran to the house after the bus dropped me off (about 2 blocks). The first pix is immediately after I walked in; I toweled off the shoes when I walked in the door. The second pix is after the shoes were allowed to dry. The last pix is after a vigorous brushing and buffing mac session.

    Hard to tell from my last pix but there is some cloudiness in the vamp area, which I don’t like. The toe caps came out great.

    I don’t add product to my shell shoes. If there are dry parts I just apply the milky white conditioner. However, these shoes don’t have any dry areas. I do have some Alden leather defender, but I haven’t applied it to these shoes.

    During days where there is a chance of showers, I will wear calf leather shoes, usually with a rubber sole or commando. On days when it’s 100% rain, I’ll wear bean boots.

    I’m still looking for shell shoes that will be able to “bead” the water off naturally. When I find them, I’ll eventually resole them with dainite or commando. They will serve as my “shower” beater shoes.


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  3. Skatenc123

    Skatenc123 Senior member

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    Got to love dainite on a day like this.
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  4. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    @coolarrow , those look dry to me based on the wet patches that make it look like water was absorbed and the general appearance. Try some Saphir neutral cordovan cream.
     
  5. NeoXerxes

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    Thanks for the helpful advice gents! I will be calling AE corporate to exchange these unworn strands (just in case) and will pick up a bottle of the Saphir Renovateur and some darker polish in order to learn how to burnish and remove burnish myself on a not-so-visible area of the shoe. Some of the shoes pictured here are absolutely magnificent! The forum veterans seem to really know what they are doing.
     
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    tyort1 Well-Known Member

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    The cool thing is that when you're learning to burnish things yourself, the burnishing can be removed, so even if you make a mistake, you can remove it and start over (within reason, of course). My best advice is to try it out on some old or inexpensive shoes first, then move on to your better shoes.
     
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  7. NeoXerxes

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    That is exactly what I plan on doing. I will test it first on an inexpensive pair, then on a hidden portion of the walnut Strands. But for now, I need to find myself a pair without burnishing in random places.
     
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    Curious about black cordovan shoes; other colors seem to over time change color (burgundy, brown, etc.) and get lighter with color variations over time.....do black cordovan leather shoes do the same, in other words, do they lighten up to a grayish color with wear? Anyone with experience with black cordovan, could you share your experience? Thanks!
     
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    Since there was some question as to me being just a regular guy, here is a group shot of my AE collection, which all started with the Walnut Strand 2 years ago, and has grown at an alarming rate!

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    Back Row - Eastport Boat Shoes, Promontory Point Horween Football Leather Boots, Brown Cronmoks, Sand Amoks.
    Front Row - Walnut Strands, Bourbon Universities, Burgundy Chesters, Tan Dublin Aberdeens
     
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  11. Kahuna75

    Kahuna75 Senior member

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    I have an older pair of black leeds and black wingtips from another shoemaker that are 20+ years old and they are still black as can be...also I have a 20-30 year old pair of Florscheim burgundy that are still very burgundy looking.

    Picked up an old pair 15-20 yr old Alden #8 and it fairly brownish.... own a pair of older MacNeil's that I think were brown originally that are also sort of multi colored brown now. I really should call AE and see if it was brown or #8 originally
     
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    @tyort1

    I like your collection. Very Versatile, you can go from wearing a suit to chino's to jeans etc. I"m trying to do the same with my AE wardrobe. I'm inspired
     
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    Nice collection and welcome to the thread/forum!
     
  14. tyort1

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    Thanks. I got most of them for great deals. If one is patient it's amazing the prices you can get. For example - Eastports were $139 on Shoebank and a sale period. The Promontory Points were on closeout for $129, the Aberdeens were also on closeout for $127, Amoks were on closeout for $99, I got the Chesters off ebay for $75 (plus $50 for a resole locally). The Cronmoks, Strands, and Universities I paid full price for at my local AE store here in Denver. Love that place.

    I rotate the Strands, Universities, and Chesters as my 3 dress shoes (with matching AE belts, of course), use the Aberdeens and Cronmoks as my 2 different color "fall/winter" shoes, the Promontory Point boots as my wet/snow winter boots. The Amoks are unlined and thus are best for spring with light/thin pants, while the Eastports are with shorts and no socks in the summer.
     
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    Last week during some rainy weather my black leeds..I really need to find out when these were manufactured as the shell seems much different than recent shell and water beeds off of these things with no marks at all.

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  17. coolarrow

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    Do you think that cream will remove the cloudiness? If yes, I'm game.
     
  18. BackInTheJox

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    Any chance you can post a normal picture without the silly filter?
     
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    I was thrown off with the format of the post and it being your first post. I take back my comment. Great pic, I have a pair of the Promontory Point in black...wore them today on a cool damp day here in Chicago.
     
  20. suitntieguy

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    those bourbon universities are insane. Great shoe
     
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